Life After Racing: Southern Belle Thoroughbreds Has Recorded Over 1,000 Success Stories

The matching service pairs off-track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) who have competed at Woodbine or Fort Erie with new career and life opportunities beyond the racetrack
26th Jan 2024
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Aiming to rehome thoroughbreds to new opportunities in a second career, Southern Belle was established in 2017 by Katie Larsen, and has had over 1,000 Thoroughbred success stories to speak of.

Chris Lomon, Life After Racing: Southern Belle Thoroughbreds Has Recorded Over 1,000 Success Stories, Paulick Report, 26th January 2024. Read full article.

Whether it is before the sun rises standing at the training track or watching intently from the owner’s box on race-day afternoon, Andrew and Jean Vecchiarelli’s thoughts will invariably lead them to a place beyond the finish line.

For 25 years, under the banner of Rainbow Stables, the Vecchiarellis have owned dozens of Thoroughbreds – stakes winners, allowance-level types, and blue-collar claimers.

Open-length win, top-three showing or off-the-board result – every horse is treated like a beloved family member.

“Going to see the horses in the morning, watching them train – we have been doing it for a while,” said Andrew, whose love of watching and betting on the horses led him to join the ownership ranks. “I only race in Ontario because I want to be there, to see them in the morning, to feed them carrots and mints, and watch them race.”

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